05 Nov 2020

TEQ and GENA form Hydrogen-Focused Partnership

05 Nov 2020  by Molly Burgess   

Energy Transition Québec (TEQ) and the German Energy Agency (GENA) have launched an international cooperation to boost the energy transition through the use of hydrogen technologies.

As part their efforts, TEQ and GENA held a joint workshop through which seven experts from Germany and Canada exchanged views on greater energy efficiency in industry and buildings, marking the first step in a three-year cooperation agreement between Germany and Quebec.

Johanne Gélinas, President and CEO of Energy Transition, Quebec, said, “The energy transition that is needed here as elsewhere in the world is an ambitious societal project for which borders do not exist. Since the stakes are the same, we have every interest in collaborating and sharing our experiences.”

“The success of the energy transition inevitably requires the combined efforts and collective work of all stakeholders and the signing of this partnership with the DENA is part of this perspective.”

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of DENA, said, “After extensive public consultation, the Government of Quebec reoriented its energy policy towards a low carbon economy, with emphasis on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energies.”

“Much remains to be done in the transport sector: 40% of Quebec’s GHG emissions are caused today by the transport sector, and the trend is increasing. Hydrogen can reverse this trend as an additional fuel option, especially in freight transport.”

“At the same time, Quebec produces more than 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, mainly hydroelectricity, to which wind power is increasingly being added. These are ideal conditions for the development of a green hydrogen sector in the region. In Germany we are facing similar challenges, so we want to join forces.”

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